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November 2015 Archives

Holiday festivities often prompt rise in fires

Between now and the end of the year, many holidays are celebrated by our country’s diverse population. From lighting candles to decorating a tree with colorful strings of holiday lights, many individuals and families are eager to engage in holiday celebrations. However, along with Yuletide greetings, fire departments throughout Texas, also extend a word of caution.

Surgeons in a quandary over uterine morcellation

Power-Morcellator-Closeup.pngThe apparent risk of spreading undetected cancerous tissue has put surgeons considering the use of laparoscopic power morcellation, an electronic method of removing the uterus or uterine fibroids, in a quandary.

FDA demands endoscope recall

Endoscopy.jpgImpelled by reported infections spread by contaminated intestinal probes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday cracked down on the maker of devices used to clean the instruments between insertions into patients' bodies. The FDA ordered Custom Ultrasonics to recall all of its automated endoscope re-processors, or AERs, from health care facilities due to regulatory infractions that the agency said in a statement "could result in an increased risk of infection transmission."

Why victims of recent flooding should get a lawyer

Flood_Insurance.jpgElected officials throughout the northeastern region that was damaged by Super Storm Sandy marked the third anniversary of the storm's landfall Oct. 29. They reflected on the resiliency of the residents, many of whom lost or experienced severe damage to their homes only to find out that the end of the storm was not the end of their misery. Countless residents cannot comprehend why their insurance companies underpaid their storm-damage claim.

Experts want stronger warnings on Levaquin, similar drugs

Levaquin_Antibiotic.jpgTwo expert panels that advise the U.S. Food and Drug Administration agreed Thursday that the FDA needs to issue stronger warnings for Levaquin and for other so-called fluoroquinolone antibiotics due to their health risks.

Inquiry into child seat safety faces criticism

Where would be we be if we didn't bother to ask questions? Ages ago, the general theory of the world was that it was flat and that the sun revolved around it. And then there's the observation by many historians that one reason the West Indies islands bear that name is because when Columbus reached them in the 15th century, he thought he was in India.

Bair Hugger-related suffering and the future of litigation

Bair_Hugger_Lawsuit.jpgA Michigan resident underwent hip replacement surgery in 2012 and developed an infection at the surgical site allegedly linked to the use of the Bair Hugger warming blanket. Before the patient has his day in court on the demand for damages, a panel of federal judges will hear oral arguments Dec. 3 in New Orleans on the plaintiff's motion to centralize his and other Bair Hugger lawsuits at a single multidistrict litigation court in the federal District of Minnesota.

Federal judges to examine Volkswagen litigation

VW-Emblem.jpgA panel of federal judges will hear oral arguments Dec. 3 in New Orleans as to whether Volkswagen lawsuits should be centralized before a single federal court for uniform pretrial management. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation generally implements this process of creating a single multidistrict litigation court in order to streamline the discovery process across many cases and to preclude inconsistent pretrial rulings, among other advantages.

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